FEATURE: Jazz Cartier w/ NOW Magazine

rez | Interviews | Friday, November 28th, 2014


NOW chops it up with Jazz Cartier in advance of his show tonight at the Garrison. Get to know the kid.

Twenty-one-year-old emcee Jazz Cartier isn’t partying any more.

“Since my music’s been out, I don’t go out much,” he says over tea at a local coffee spot. “I feel like rappers drop songs and go out that same weekend to get instant gratification – to get someone to be like, ‘I love your track.'”

With his deep, raggedly emotional and versatile vocals, and his go-to producer, Michael Lantz, lending menacing industrial-electro beats, Jazz has made some anthem-ready tunes already. People do love Set Fire and Switch/The Downtown Cliché, but he doesn’t need to party to know that.

Instead, the rapper, whose real name is Jaye Adams, spent last weekend with his girlfriend, baby shopping for his expecting pal and falling asleep to movies.

It’s a nice change, especially after two years in the three-floor, five-bedroom Kensington Market abode he shared with his Get Home Safe crew – a notorious party (and after-party) spot somewhat ironically called the Palace.

“If we were in the States and everybody knew about the Palace like they do now, our house would have been raided by now.”

Jazz was born in downtown Toronto but started moving around the world (Idaho, Barbados, Kuwait) when he was six – his stepdad works for the U.S. government. Eventually he landed in an elite boarding school in Connecticut where he played tennis and snuck into 50 Cent’s estate with his friends on his downtime.

After graduation, he was supposed to go to school in Chicago, but to the chagrin of his mother, came back north.

“Five years of boarding school is like five years of university, and you don’t want to do it any more,” he says. “I wanted that connection to home. So I came back here with music in mind, had all these ideas – and lo and behold, they all came to fruition.”



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